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Wake County manager to retire

Posted July 25, 2013

— Wake County Manager David Cooke announced Thursday that he plans to retire at the end of November.

Cooke has worked for the county for 17 years, the last 13 as county manager.

"The past 13 years have been truly wonderful and gratifying," Cooke said in a statement. "I have been very fortunate to work with very capable and dedicated elected officials, smart and talented county employees and an innovative management team. Our collective efforts are what make Wake County a great place to live, work and play."

The county commission will begin searching for a replacement in August, Chairman Joe Bryan said.

"David Cooke has served Wake County and our residents extremely well over the past 13 years as County Manager," Bryan said in a statement. "In my opinion, David Cooke is the best County Manager in America."


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  • kdude2012 Aug 1, 2013

    David Cooke's lasting legacy to Wake County is his success in making what was once a shining star for the county into a complete failure. Once hailed state and nation wide, the Wake County Library System is now in a downward spiral. First he tried to close Libraries in lower socio-ecommic areas and met with resistance from the community. Plan B was to cut the Library's book budget in half. Not satisfied with that he diverted millions of dollars in voter approved money for new Libraries into a non voter approved "justice center". Google wral article "crooks before books" Which not only included new digs for our county's criminals but fancy new offices for him and his staff and our 'beloved' commissioners. Not happy there he installed a draconian management which has resulted in a huge turnover in experienced Library staff and a continuing decline in Library usage. Job well done Mr. Cooke

  • IPayYouPay Jul 29, 2013

    New regime everywhere; new flight everywhere...that ought to tell you something .... ain't goin' to put up with it and don't have to.

  • WASP Jul 26, 2013

    If he is like his predecessors, the next step for him is state office. Once a politician, always a politician.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 26, 2013

    "Our collective efforts are what make Wake County a great place to live, work and play."

    I must say, you think very highly of yourself. I have a different opinion on what has happened to Wake County.

  • Blessing2all Jul 26, 2013

    He is retiring. He has worked in local government for 30 years in various capacities.

  • Liveandlearn Jul 26, 2013

    Is he retiring or is he resigning? I thought he was in his early fifties.

  • WASP Jul 26, 2013

    Frank Cope is on the top of my list.

  • WASP Jul 26, 2013

    There are several more Wake County Higher Up's that need to follow him.

  • WASP Jul 26, 2013

    Bout time.